By Harry Funk

After COVID-19 forced the shutdown of her Peters Township fitness studio, Tammy Stocker decided to close Pulse permanently.

But a year and a half of perseverance has paid off in her getting ready to start operating in a new space for her succeeding business.

Plans called for Jackhammer Fit LLC to open in the Waterdam Commons complex the week before Thanksgiving.

Stocker, who lives in Peters Township, hardly let losing Pulse stop her from pursuing renewed success. From holding fitness classes in her converted garage to instructing clients outdoors, she continued to motivate plenty of people in seeking healthier lifestyles.

She also formed partnerships with Peters Township businesses including Bombash & Earleyon East McMurray Road, Clean Juice in Donaldson’s Crossroads and Sanctuary Wellness Spa in Lakeview Square.

“Something I’m really big on is continuing to work with small businesses in the area, to collaborate so that we can all rebuild,” Stocker said. “And I think we’re all doing a pretty good job at that.”

Last winter, Sanctuary owner Ashley Cramer-McClintock invited Stocker to use part of her space for indoor classes, including strength, cycling and kettlebell.

“Classes will continue at Sanctuary, but the schedule will be bigger, with more classes and more equipment, when we move,” Stocker said.

Another collaboration is with Peters Township resident Laura Cordero, a registered, licensed dietitian and nutritionist.

“Laura has worked with some of my clients to help them get on better track from a nutrition standpoint while I’m teaching them working out with good form. It’s not always about all the jumping around. It’s about focusing on what body part we’re using, so that nobody gets hurt,” Stocker said. “And we’re all getting older. None of us is getting younger. So it’s important to move the body properly and purposefully to achieve your goals, versus just jumping around and thinking you’re getting a good workout.”

Stocker, a registered nurse, attributed the ability to stay connected with clients through virtual offerings and social media as key to remaining viable during the pandemic. She and Cordero will stream live with a series of health-related presentations as everyone shifts into post-Thanksgiving mode.

“We’re called the ‘Holiday Helpers,’” Stocker said, “to help clients through the holiday havoc.”

Of course, holiday indulgence often leads to New Year’s weight-loss resolutions, and Stocker is ready to help meet those goals with workouts. She also advises trying to avoid the temptation of not-so-healthy food and drink.

“Keeping the body moving will help with that calorie burn, but you have to nourish it the proper way,” she said. “You have to reward it for its work, so that it can respond to everything you’re trying to do to make it better.”

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Staff writer Harry Funk, a professional journalist for three-plus decades, has been on the staff of The Almanac since 2015. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and master of business administration, both from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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